Morningside Recovery has been in the news a lot in the last year. A young man died under their care and it appears as if they have been running sober living homes without a license and have been forced to shut some down. Provided services that you aren't licensed for has been going around for a lot of years. Many people seem to think they are qualified to give advice on this practice, despite the need for a special license. I'm glad they are cracking down on checking these places out. There has been too much injustice in the recovery industry.
Morningside Recovery accused of unlicensed treatment
5/3/12 The Orange County Registry
With the usual snipits.
"State regulators have accused a controversial alcohol and drug abuse recovery company of illegally operating eight sober living homes as drug and alcohol treatment facilities and advertising such services even though its licenses have been suspended.
The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs sent cease and desist letters to Morningside Recovery on April 23 demanding they stop providing substance abuse recovery services at six facilities in Newport Beach and two in Costa Mesa or face fines of $200 per day per home.
The agency in November had suspended Morningside's licenses to operate three Costa Mesa drug treatment and recovery centers and set a permanent revocation hearing for this month. Among the charges levied by the state at that time was that Morningside was operating outside the scope of its licenses, had been careless with prescription drugs and was illegally using its sober living homes, which do not normally need a license, as drug treatment facilities.
Rupp said state investigators also found that Morningside had failed to report a patient death to the state. "It was determined that Morningside Recovery had admitted a client with an eating disorder, thereby operating beyond the scope of its license," Rupp told The Register. "Also, a client died while receiving services from Morningside Recovery. The department was not notified of the death, in violation of (their) reporting requirements."
Morningside has been at the crux of a contentious legal battle with Newport Beach officials who say the company has defied zoning rules and regulations. The company has also been sued by at least 10 patients or their families, most of the lawsuits stemming from various financial grievances.
The family of 20-year-old Brandon Jacques sued the company on March 29, alleging Morningside is partly responsible for their son's death.
Jacques was admitted to Morningside in March 2011 with bulimia and co-occurring alcoholism. His parents say the company's staff was aware his primary problem was bulimia but their son was not treated appropriately, according to the lawsuit.
He had been transferred from an Arizona sober living home to Morningside, the lawsuit said.
Complications of his eating disorder prompted Morningside staff to transfer Jacques to First House, a Costa Mesa rehab clinic. He died several days later of cardiac arrest, according to the lawsuit.
Other lawsuits accuse Morningside of charging for services never provided to the patients, failing to refund the money and other fraudulent practices."